This is a 1/9 plate (2 x 2½ inch) ambrotype in a wood case covered in black embossed paper and lined with rose velvet. There was no maker's name found. The image is probably that of Aurilla Tabetha (Brooks) Prescott. When this image is reversed, there is a strong resemblance to identified images of her. The image was found in a box of old photographs and mementoes which had belonged to Martha Maria (Prescott) Peck and was passed down to her daughter Lula Emma (Peck) Staples. Although most items in this box were identified, three cased ambrotypes and two cased tintypes were not. This image may be a companion image to that tentatively identified as Freedom Densmore Prescott. The two may be betrothal portraits. The costume and photograph type are consistent with a circa 1857 date.
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